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Group Captain Gurcharan Singh Baweja

Service No & Branch 15030 F(P)
Date of Birth: 23 Sep 1955 Commissioned: 10 Jun 1977 Course: 118 Course
Service End: Died in Service 09 Jun 2002 (47 Years age) Aircraft Loss Arudhra Glider at Chennai
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Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 26 Jul 1993Gp Capt : 01 Mar 2001
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Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

01 Jan 1990 - 01 Jan 1992Sqn LdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
01 Aug 1998 - 21 Feb 1999Wg CdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Chief Flying Instructor
- 09 Jun 2002Gp CaptNCC Madras BChennai Group Commander
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)
Sqn LdrGurcharan Singh Baweja15030 F(P)Award Date 01 Apr 1987Announced 26 Jan 1988
Details :

Squadron Leader Gurcharan Singh Baweja has been on the posted strength of Air Force Academy as Qualified Flying Instructor in HJT-16 aircraft since 09 Jun 85. During a short period of slightly less than two years, he has flown a total of 816 hours on Kiran aircraft.

On 01 Apr 87, while flying on instructional sorties in a Kiran aircraft, on the final approach at 300­400', he noticed that even though the pupil was moving the throttle forward to correct for a slightly undershooting approach, the RPM was winding down rather than increasing. Sqn Ldr Baweja immediately took over control and sized up the situation in a split second. He and the pupil had the opportunity to eject, but realizing that he still had some decaying power and even though the aircraft was low on the glide slope it had a slightly higher IAS, he decided to carry on with the approach and make the beginning of the R/W for a safe landing. He now optimised his approach and by deft handling of the aircraft in this critical stage, was able to round off over the undershoot area which enabled a safe touch down just a few feet ahead of the beginning of the R/W. By the time the aircraft touched the R/W, the engine had flamed out fully. This commendable performance was not a reflex action or a chance outcome, but a well judged and premeditated act in which Sqn Ldr Baweja exhibited professional skill and proficiency of the highest order and, as a result, he not only saved a valuable aircraft but also provided an opportunity to locate the cause factor for the engine failure.

Sqn Ldr Baweja is a self motivated officer who goes out of his way to keep his knowledge up to date.

For his exceptional professionalisms, keeping his cool while handling a critical emergency and rate devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award Vayu Sena Medal to Sqn Ldr Gurcharan Singh Baweja.

Unit : AFA
Reference : Gazette of India dated 2nd April 1988 - No.24-Pres/88 dated 26th January 1988

Accidents and Incidents: 1

DateAircraft TypeTail NoPilot/CrewUnitRemarks
09 Jun 2002Arudhra GliderGp Capt Gurcharan Singh Baweja +
Flt Cdt R Sathya +
1 TN Air SIn Memoriam
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